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Commemorated on September 19th

Sts Trophimos, Sabbatios, and Dorymedon the Martyrs

Christ 2nd April

In 278 AD, during the reign of Probus, Sts Trophimos and Sabbatios came to Antioch, and seeing the city celebrating the festival of Apollo at Daphne lamented the blindness of the people, and presented themselves as Christians to Atticus the Governor. St Trophimos was stripped of his clothing, and was stretched out and beaten until the earth was red with his blood. Then he was hung up, scraped on his sides, and imprisoned in torments. St Sabbatios was tortured so savagely that he gave up his spirit in his sufferings.

Trophimos was sent to Synnada, wearing iron shoes fitted with sharp iron nails within; he was further tormented without mercy, then cast into prison. Dorymedon, a counsellor, and a pagan, came to the prison and cared for Trophimos. When a certain feast came, Dorymedon was asked why he did not sacrifice to the idols; he proclaimed himself a Christian, for which he was imprisoned, pierced with heated spits, frightfully punished, and finally beheaded with St Trophimos.

Dismissal Hymn (Fourth Tone)

Your Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for You received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from You, our immortal God. For since they possessed Your strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' powerless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since You are merciful.

Kontakion (Fourth Tone)

As a mighty river full of the divine gifts of the Holy Spirit's grace, O valiant athletes of the Lord, you richly water all of the world with the beneficent floods of your miracles.